Monday 22nd of July 2019

stop substandard buildings from going up... or down...

shoddy...

Harry Triguboff's Meriton wants immediate reforms to the construction industry in NSW to stop substandard buildings from going up, as a growing number of experts argue the government should issue low-interest loans to apartment owners battling defects.

The perception of a crisis in Sydney’s residential apartment market snowballed this week after the Herald revealed another evacuation of a unit block at Zetland, while the Premier conceded that self-regulation had failed.

Some in the development industry have warned that buyers could be scared off by the focus on apartment defects. But a spokesman for Meriton, whose ubiquitous apartment blocks have made founder Mr Triguboff one of the country’s richest people, said the company had “full confidence that everything will be resolved.”

However, the Meriton spokesman also said the government should “immediately” implement a simple change to industry practice.

 

 

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https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/immediate-reforms-triguboff-s-merito...

 

 

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city living is bad for you...

 

The hearts of young city dwellers contain billions of toxic air pollution particles, research has revealed.

Even in the study’s youngest subject, who was three, damage could be seen in the cells of the organ’s critical pumping muscles that contained the tiny particles. The study suggests these iron-rich particles, produced by vehicles and industry, could be the underlying cause of the long-established statistical link between dirty air and heart disease.

The scientists said the abundance of the nanoparticles might represent a serious public health concern and that particle air pollution must be reduced urgently. More than 90% of the world’s population lives with toxic air, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the issue a global “public health emergency.

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/12/billions-of-air-pollutio...